Big 12: Ernest Hemingway

Leach moves to Key West to recharge

January, 27, 2010
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Somehow, it all makes sense where Mike Leach has chosen to settle for the next few months.

Leach and his family have moved to Key West, Fla. -- the continental United States' southernmost city -- to collect themselves after his tumultuous dismissal by Texas Tech last month, despite compiling the winningest record in school history.

The Key West area is familiar to Leach and his family, according to the Key West Citizen. He almost became the head football coach at the local high school there in 1996 and has vacationed with his friends and family in the area several times since then.

Leach has moved his children into schools in the area. He's also hooked up with old friend Jerry Hughes, the football coach at Key West High School.

The area has a rich history that Leach will love. He's fascinated by Ernest Hemingway. More than a few pirates have wandered Duval Street and ended up in Sloppy Joe's over the years.

And Leach's collection of Jimmy Buffett T-shirts he frequently wore around the Texas Tech facility will make him look like just another Parrot Head while he wanders around in the Keys.

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